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Our vision is a world where electronic sports are embraced as a positive educational and developmental change agent for all students.

ESPORTS OHIO VISION

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To empower students by providing educational institutions with the knowledge, direction, support and resources to implement, maintain and compete in electronic sports.

ESPORTS OHIO MISSION

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ESPORTS OHIO GOALS

  • Provide an opportunity for students to compete at a varsity level in esports with Ohio high schools.
  • Promote a positive gaming culture in schools.
  • Provide a safe environment in which to compete.
  • Prepare students for esports at the college level.
  • Connect students with college scholarship opportunities.
  • Increase extra-curricular involvement.
  • Develop social skills.
  • Prepare students for future careers.
  • Promote inclusion for all students.

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Esports or “Electronic sports”are competitive electronic games of strategy and discipline that can be played individually or as a team. The versatility of game-play and game genre make esports one of the most versatile competitions appealing to many contestants and non contestants in the world, while also making it one of the most popular and well viewed.

What are esports?

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What’s Happening Now - 2019

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Why Esports in High School?

REACH THE ENTIRE STUDENT POPULATION

Unlike most sports that require very strict rules or even biology to play a part, every student has an level playing field to compete and participate in Esports competitions.

PROVIDE AN OUTLET

Esports provides an opportunity for non-traditional athletes to compete for their schools and learn the same great principles of teamwork, practice, and competition as with traditional sports. This also allows students to get involved, and help motivate them to maintain academic eligibility, and provide a safe atmosphere to express themselves.

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Why Esports in High School?

STUDENTS DEVELOP SKILLS

Team Work, Communication, Time Management, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Social Awareness, Networking, Community Involvement, Fundraising, Shoutcasting, Broadcasting, Public Speaking, Computer Hardware, Software and more!

HUGE SHIFT IN STUDENT INTEREST

With one student interest survey, one can find that almost every student has a moderating interest in Esports streams or players.

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Ohio College Opportunities

Ohio Schools with Esports Programs (Growing Daily)

Many Offer Real Scholarship Money!

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How do we get started?

VIEW THE GETTING STARTED GUIDE - http://bit.ly/starthsesports

We have put together a step-by-step getting started guide filled with FAQs and best steps.

ALL YOU NEED IS AN ADVISOR/COACH AND SIX COMPUTERS

The largest team for our competitions is six, so an entire match could take place on as little as six PCs. Most all of the games we play are not very resource intensive and can be played with these minimum requirements. Be realistic though, if interest is normal, you will have no problem filling a computer lab.

START BY GAUGING STUDENT INTEREST

This is a survey that was created to gauge interest in your students. It is a google form that should be edited to fit your school district and sent to all of your students in any grade levels that you wish to participate. Please keep in mind, in order to play most competitive esports games you must be at least 13 years old, so a good rule of thumb is to open this up to grades 8-12.

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How do Esports in High School Work?

MOST FLEXIBLE PROGRAM IN SPORTS

Currently there is no OHSAA sanctioning of esports, but there may be in the near future. This allows flexibility in how you would like to structure the program. It can serve the students well as a club, club sport, varsity sport or even as a course.

NO TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

No transportation required. Students compete against other schools from the comfort of their own district’s computer labs. They compete virtually. *Tournaments and playoffs will be hosted in person.*

WHAT GRADE LEVELS AND AGES?

We have structured our league titles so that all students ages 13+ can compete. This also meets COPPA requirements for students.

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How to structure your program?

COMPETITIVE ESPORTS PROGRAM

You can structure your competitive play through your athletic department, as a club sport or even as a club activity. Each school district will have chance to compete with varsity and junior varsity teams in its first pilot season. Just as in other sports, if there are teams that wish to compete in addition to the varsity and junior varsity teams it is up to the discretion of the coaches. Some Esports may also allow for individuals to participate rather than a whole team.

RECREATIONAL ESPORTS AND GAMING CLUB

In addition to the competitive esports program, we recommend channeling the student interest that you will have at your schools by creating a recreational esports and gaming club. This will provide an additional outlet for school involvement, while developing social skills, and being part of the program. One goal of Esports Ohio is to provide as many opportunities and outlets for students as possible.

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What equipment do you need?

District Essentials:

  • An adult advocate to be a champion for the program (they do not need to be a gamer!)
  • A computer lab with six PC computers with medium to high specs will cover all titles in the league. (Most computers i5 or i7 built in the last 3 years will play all league games.)
  • High speed hard internet (preferably hard wired) Connection to each computer.

Student Essentials (Costs):

  • A gaming headset ($18) for the student to communicate during the esport.
  • Game license for each student who is competing in that game. (Purchased by student under their account.)
    • League of Legends (Free), Rocket League ($20), Overwatch ($20)

Optional Gear / Upgrades:

  • Gaming Chairs
  • Gaming Keyboards and Mice
  • Gaming Mousepads
  • Esports Uniforms
  • High End Gaming PCs and Monitors
  • Live Streaming Hardware for Broadcasting Events

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Example of budget pricing for a team setup.

Description (If your school is starting from scratch)

Price

QTY

Total

2019 Spring Season Esports Ohio League Fees

FREE

Unlimited

$0

Budget PC Computer Capable of playing all titles for the league.

Laptop Option for Portability

$600

or

$700

6

or

6

$3,600

Or

$4,200

If using desktops, you will need a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate or better.

$200

6

$1,200

Keyboard, Mouse, Mousepad and Headset for Each Terminal (Package)

$46

6

$276

$100

6

$600

Total Costs to get started if you have nothing:

$4,476 - $5,776

**Most school districts already have the equipment to get into esports, as almost all of the titles will run on any mid range computer built in the last 3 years, but this list is an estimate if you are starting from scratch. We recommend using an existing school district CAD or multimedia lab.**

**Be aware, this is the minimum amount of seats required to compete. If your student interest is a strong as ours, we have a full 24 seat computer lab at most of our practices and open plays.”

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Who can participate?

School Eligibility: In order to become a member of Esports Ohio, you must be a school in Ohio and complete the getting started guide. You must also have a school affiliated coach submit contact info to the league to be officially recognized as a member school.

Student Eligibility: To be eligible for competition in the Esports Ohio you must be at least 13 years of age, have parental consent, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better and be enrolled in a school in the state of Ohio.

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What Games are we piloting?

Why were these games chosen for the pilot?

  • There was careful thought and consideration put into these titles for the pilot and conversation with area universities.
  • These titles are some of the largest and most recognized esports in the world, creating paths for students.
  • They are also all rated teen and under meaning that they are suitable for all students 13 and up based on the ESRB rating for games.
  • They are also all widely played by area universities that offer scholarship money to high school students interested in competing at the next level.
  • They are also all different style games that hit the big four categories that are played at the next level, MOBA, FPS, Fighting and Sports.

League of Legends

Rocket League

Overwatch

Super Smash Bros.

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League of Legends

Type of Game: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)

ESRB Rating: Teen (13+)

Cost: Free

Team Size: Played on teams of 5 players

Play Format: Played on PC

Match Format: 1 Game - (Takes Roughly 25-50min)

Rules of Play

YouTube Video Description

Common Sense Game Review

Free Lesson Plans for League of Legends

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Rocket League

Type of Game: Third Person Sports Game (Sports)

ESRB Rating: Everyone (8+)

Cost: $20

Team Size: 3 vs. 3

Game Format: PC or Console (Cross-Platform)

Match Format: Best of 5 Series

Rules of Play

YouTube Video Description

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Overwatch

Type of Game: FPS (First Person Shooter)

ESRB Rating: Teen (13+)

Cost: $20

Team Size: 6 vs. 6

Game Format: (PC)

Match Format: Best of 3 Series

Rules of Play

YouTube Video Description

Common Sense Game Review

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Type of Game: 3P (Party/Fighting)

ESRB Rating: Everyone (10+)

Cost: $60

Team Size: 5 Players

Game Format: Nintendo Switch

Match Format: 1 vs. 1 - Best of 3

Rules of Play

Youtube Video Review

Common Sense Game Review

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When can we start?

We are currently in the pilot startup stages and our current spring alpha registration deadline is March 8th 2019. Once your school has designated a coach, the coach can sign up by providing their contact information here and then begin scrimmaging any schools with availability on the discord server.

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Resources

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How to stay up to date?

Join the Conversation on Discord

discordapp.com/invite/eh6CNMd

Visit Us Online

Esportsohio.org

Follow Us on Twitter

twitter.com/esports_ohio

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FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

I only have students interested in playing one game, can we still join the league?

Yes, you can join with as little as 3 students and field one Rocket League team.

We want to play additional games, how can we do that?

Yes, you can alway structure your school program however you’d like. We recommend having regular “rec” time with your program to play additional titles and post about high level interest in the #other-games discord channel.

I have TONS of students interested? How do I narrow it down?

We recommend to narrow it down by games and using the student survey. Meet at different times based on the four games, then eventually form Varsity and JV teams for each game based on skill and rank and then have open lab "rec" time for the non-competitors and hopefully the serious begin to separate themselves from the rec play. If many remain, create a 1v1 bracket tournament until your teams emerge. Key also is to know how much time students can dedicate to practices.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there violence or weapons in these games?

Rocket League is rated for ages 8 and up and is comparable to soccer with cars, League of Legends is rated for ages 13 and up and is a strategy game similar to chess in a battle arena and Overwatch is rated for ages 13 and up and is a first person shooter battle style game. All games that are listed are national accepted as being suitable for ages 13 and up, but some may contain violence and weapons. Parent consent forms will be required to compete in any of the titles and will not be allowed to unless consent is provided. If you wish to know more about the specifics of the games please view the parent reviews. Overwatch, Rocket League, and League of Legends

What is “Discord”?

Discord is a free voice, video and text chat app for teens and adults ages 13 and up. It was created to bring people together through a love of gaming. Teens can access Discord via their PC, browser, or mobile phone. Once there, they can join a chat they’ve been invited to or they can create private servers and invite their friends to play and discuss games by voice, text or video. They can also message each other individually or in group chats with up to ten other friends. See article here Discord from a parents perspective

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our AD is very interested in this and would love to see it under the umbrella of athletics can we?

It's completely up to your district on how you'd like to handle it, and what entity you would like to be governed by internally. We recommended club because there is less red tape, but if your AD is on board then that's awesome!

Will this interfere with other sports?

The league will assign school matchups for each game every Sunday by 11:59 to all schools competing in the league. Monday the coaches will work between themselves via the discord channel to find a 2-hour window that works for both teams during that week and play the match then and log the results in the discord. This will allow maximum flexibility to ensure that we meet the needs of all students.

Can students participate in multiple games?

Any student who meets the Esports Ohio and high school requirements may participate in as many as their coach or advisor deems appropriate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can middle school students participate?

Any student 13 years and older are eligible to participate. They must be at least 13 years of age to meet COPPA requirements to create online accounts to participate in the games.

Can Homeschool students participate?

Any student 13 years and older are eligible to participate.Student must compete on the team in which their primary residence is located in. They must be at least 13 years of age to meet COPPA requirements to create online accounts to participate in the games. They are also subject to all Ohio Esports academic requirements.

I like watching students compete is there a place to observe the competition?

As of now, no official streaming has been approved for Esports Ohio, but like many other competitions, coaches may allow for local broadcast of certain matches for viewing.

Contact Info: contact@esportsohio.org

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